World News – United States – Wind-blown fire in eastern Orange County forces 70,000 to evacuate


Tens of thousands of residents are on evacuation orders as firefighters attack a wind-driven brush fire that started early Monday and quickly spread to Orange region of Santiago County Canyon

The fire broke out at around 7 a.m. and, fueled by extremely strong winds, spread to over 500 acres about three hours later near the Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads The fire was estimated to be about 2,000 acres late Monday morning and 4,000 acres early afternoon without containment

Water-width helicopters were at the scene, but dangerous gusts of wind could mean the plane could come to a stop Crews were filling with water near Lake Irvine

Two members of the Orange County fire crew were seriously injured fighting the Silverado fire « Both 26 and 31 years old are covered with second and third degree burns and are currently intibated. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, » OCFA tweeted

The fire skipped Route 241, forcing the closure of Route 241 and other nearby roads

A long line of people, many of whom had homes in the evacuation area, were waiting to refuel at an Irvine gas station at noon

“We had bags ready to go,” said an evacuated resident with his family. “We live in a fire zone so you have to be prepared

« When they said the fire was blowing on 241, that’s where we started. It’s 2020, so we’ve learned to be prepared »

The GOES-17 satellite image shows the smoke from the #SilveradoFire in OC, as well as the dust blown out in the rest of the region Some of the dust is ash from the Bobcat Fire @NBCLA picTwittercom / q7MHP7VeEI

Mandatory evacuations for Orchard Hills on Irvine Boulevard and from Bake Parkway to Jamboree Road were issued around 9 am

The Irvine Police Department has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residences from Irvine Boulevard South to Trabuco Road and Jeffrey Road East to Portola High School

« Orchard Hills will soon be placed on evacuation order Residents north of #Irvine Boulevard will receive an evacuation ‘warning’, tweeted Anthony Kuo, Irvine City Council member

Orange County officials have issued evacuation warnings for residents of Lemon Heights and Cowan Heights in the northern Tustin area Residents are urged to prepare to evacuate, a county spokeswoman said Orange

Mandatory evacuations have also been ordered for several areas of the Baker Ranch area Click here for a map

All schools in the Irvine Unified School District will be closed on Tuesday due to the fire, the school district said

A care and reception center has been set up at El Toro high school in Lake Forest

Barranca, Foothill Ranch and Tustin Ranch Kaiser Permanente medical facilities serving the community of Irvine have been temporarily closed due to the Silverado fire The COVID-19 test site at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center has also been temporarily closed

Smoke can be seen for miles, including from Irvine, Newport Beach and other areas

The fire broke out on a day of red flag alert which will remain in effect until Tuesday Wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph are possible in some mountain passes

Historically, October is one of the worst months of the year for California wildfires, largely due to months of drought and strong fall winds. But by 2020, the state has already experienced five of its six biggest forest fires in August and September

As of Sunday there were 20 major wildfires in California More than 4 million acres burned this year, far exceeding any previous annual total on record

Silverado, Calif., Irvine, Orange County Fire Department, Emergency Evacuation

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